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Ipswich Town 1-2 Reading: Late Mo Barrow winner leaves Tractor Boys 12 points off safety

Mo Barrow celebrates
Mo Barrow celebrates his late winner for Reading against bottom club Ipswich

Mo Barrow's 90th-minute winner kept Reading out of the Championship relegation zone and left bottom club Ipswich 12 points adrift of safety.

The Tractor Boys looked set for a fourth successive 1-1 draw when Gwion Edwards cancelled out Norwich loanee Nelson Oliveira's opener for Reading.

But Barrow's cool finish kept the Royals out of the bottom three above Rotherham on goal difference.

Defeat was harsh on Ipswich - who were denied by a string of superb saves from Emiliano Martinez - but they look doomed to the drop after seeing their winless run stretch to eight games.

With Ipswich boss Paul Lambert serving the second match of a two-game touchline ban for his red card against Norwich, Canaries striker Oliveira quickly deepened City's East Anglia rivals' misery.

He slotted home Garath McCleary's cross to reward Reading's early superiority, with Yakou Meite, John Swift and McCleary all flashing further chances just wide for the Royals.

But despite their perilous position, Ipswich rallied and Martinez made fine stops from Alan Judge and Jon Nolan, twice, either side of the interval.

When Edwards slammed home from close range it seemed the Tractor Boys would claim a deserved point but Barrow's late strike left them facing an almost certain drop to League One.

Ipswich boss Lambert had admitted this was a must-win game for his side but it was Reading who claimed only a second away victory in 27 attempts.

The Royals' celebrations, however, were slightly curtailed by a hamstring injury to Oliveira, whose has now scored three goals in six games since his January arrival from Carrow Road.

Ipswich manger Paul Lambert:

"We had a great chance towards the end of the first half, we go 1-0 down and I thought second half we have done everything we could to score, but their second goal is a really, really poor goal.

"Time is not on our side that's for sure, but until it is mathematically impossible you never give in.

"Your job is to try and win, it's still possible, but it's going to be really hard. We need a lot of work, but you never, ever stop giving in."

Reading boss Jose Gomes:

"It was a big game, but it was just three points. We are in the middle of the big war and the final games will decide everything, but this game did not decide anything.

"I had faith in my team, even the players showed a good team spirit the way that they fight and the chances they create to score.

"We cannot find any easy game in the Championship, but sometime the games are not beautiful. In this league all the teams can beat each other."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Chambers
  • 39CollinsSubstituted forNsialaat 40'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 5Pennington
  • 41BreeSubstituted forSkuseat 45'minutes
  • 31Judge
  • 6ChalobahSubstituted forEdwardsat 45'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 11NolanBooked at 65mins
  • 30Kenlock
  • 15Bishop
  • 45Quaner

Substitutes

  • 1Gerken
  • 7Edwards
  • 8Skuse
  • 9Jackson
  • 21Downes
  • 22Nsiala
  • 23Dozzell

Reading

  • 26Martínez
  • 3Yiadom
  • 19Miazga
  • 6MooreBooked at 37mins
  • 24BlackettBooked at 12mins
  • 18EjariaSubstituted forLoaderat 89'minutes
  • 16Baker
  • 21Meite
  • 10Swift
  • 12McClearySubstituted forHarriottat 81'minutes
  • 22OliveiraBooked at 13minsSubstituted forBarrowat 58'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Gunter
  • 4O'Shea
  • 5McShane
  • 15Harriott
  • 17Barrow
  • 28Walker
  • 43Loader
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
23,009

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home17
Away12
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home19
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 1, Reading 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 1, Reading 2.

Attempt missed. Collin Quaner (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Gwion Edwards with a cross.

Attempt missed. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Aristote Nsiala with a headed pass following a corner.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Emiliano Martínez.

Attempt saved. Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Matthew Pennington (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Gwion Edwards.

Booking

Modou Barrow (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Reading 2. Modou Barrow (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Danny Loader replaces Ovie Ejaria.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Collin Quaner (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Reading).

Foul by Alan Judge (Ipswich Town).

Ovie Ejaria (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Modou Barrow (Reading) because of an injury.

Foul by Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town).

Modou Barrow (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alan Judge (Ipswich Town).

Matt Miazga (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. John Swift (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Reading 1. Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Collin Quaner.

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Callum Harriott replaces Garath McCleary.

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jon Nolan.

Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lewis Baker (Reading).

Emiliano Martínez (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aristote Nsiala (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Teddy Bishop (Ipswich Town) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Judge with a cross.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Jon Nolan (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Modou Barrow (Reading).

Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Modou Barrow (Reading) because of an injury.

Delay in match Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich35209671452669
2Leeds35207859382167
3Sheff Utd34197859342564
4West Brom35179967472060
5Middlesbrough341513638241458
6Bristol City34159104436854
7Derby34149114342151
8Birmingham35121495345850
9Nottm Forest35121494740750
10Hull35148135048250
11Aston Villa35111596153848
12Preston351212115449548
13Swansea34138134542347
14Sheff Wed341211114148-747
15Brentford3412101258461246
16Stoke351014113742-544
17Blackburn351111134755-844
18QPR35126174255-1342
19Wigan3499163347-1436
20Millwall35810173853-1534
21Reading35712163751-1433
22Rotherham35615143756-1933
23Bolton3568212255-3326
24Ipswich35312202759-3221
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